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is going to be closed for another hour while the investigation continues. >>> pope benedict xvi is doing something that hasn't been done in 600 years, resign. his decision to step down at the end of this month has stunned catholics around the world. >> i have to be honest, i'm as shocked and as startled as all of you. >> 85-year-old pontiff says he will step down after nearly 7 years as pope because he is simply too old to carry on. in a statement, he said, quote, my strength due to the advanced age no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine ministry and now the catholic church is faced with finding a replacement in the middle of one of the holiest times. kpix 5 reporter len ramirez is in santa clara and len, speculation over who will be the next pope is under way. >> reporter: that's right. speculation around the world. we're here at mission santa clara and the california missions are a living example of the spread of the catholic faith into the new world 200 years ago. today the church is still spreading but now mostly in the third worl
expected. in a history making move, pope benedict xvi changed the law of conclave. it allows the college of cardinals to skip the previously required 15-day waiting period before electing his successor. >> should do it as quickly as possible. >> i'm surprised. i thought it would take longer. >> the vatican would like a new pope in place before easter week begins march 24th. kpix 5's len ramirez tells us a former bay area archbishop will help select the new holy father. len. >> reporter: exactly right, cardinal william levada is familiar to many bay area catholics having served as the archbishop of san francisco. tomorrow he embarks on a historic trip. never before has a cardinal with such strong bay area ties traveled to rome to be part of the conclave that will choose the next pope. and the cardinal said today a lot would be on his mind. >> a map of faith, a map of prayer, a person who has shown qualities of leadership. >> reporter: cardinal levada one of the most powerful american in the catholic church listed some of the qualities he w
airlines will be hon order. the fewer honored. >>> pope benedict xvi held a meeting with priests today telling them he will be hidden from view when he steps down at the end of the month. he says he will live a life of prayer in a former monastery inside the vatican walls. the conclave is expected to begin in march and the election of a new pope is expected to draw millions. the last conclave back in 2005 attracted four million pilgrims. >> that's about half the number of people who moved to california since the snowstorm in the east. >>> see all these ryder trucks moving west on i-80. you would know why. we have some of the best weather. you know? around here this is a great climate in northern california. not too hot, not too cold. maybe today the porridge was just right. highs around 70 degrees. there is a look from oakland toward the beautiful new bay bridge and the port of oakland in the foreground camera bouncing around a bit because we're zooming tonight. 70 in oakland. 74 vacaville. not a cloud in the sky. where are we right now? 67 in co
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